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The Importance of Family Care Contracts

Many can agree that the best people to take care of our loved ones are the ones closest to them. More often than not those people are immediate family members, like a child who takes care of a parent, or a family friend. However, when a loved one cares for their family members, many issues may arise. Lets use some examples.

Utilize a Living Trust as Asset Protection from Medi-Cal Claims

     In a new law to go into effect January 1, 2017, a Living Trust may be utilized to protect assets from Medi-Cal claims for individuals dying after that date. This is a revolutionary law that elevates the advantages of a Living Trust in California to a new high. Previously, a Living Trust provided no protection from such claims - beginning next year it will.

Financial Powers of Attorney: Potential Open Checkbook for Disaster

      A recent case in Tennessee reveals the problems that can arise with Financial Durable Powers of Attorney (DPA). In that case, mom designated her daughter to be her financial agent in the DPA. The daughter and her husband moved in with the mother to care for her and take responsibilities for her monthly expenses. The husband prepared her tax returns. Basically, the daughter and step-son had total control of her finances.


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